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Greek Lenten sweet bread – Tsoureki

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Dairy Free Diet

    Excludes foods such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and their by-products.

  • Egg Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to this food.

Greek Lenten sweet bread – Tsoureki


For the sourdough

  • In a mixer’s bowl add the yeast, sugar, flour, water, and mix with a hand whisk.
  • Allow 20-30 minutes for the yeast to be activated.

For the sweet bread

  • In a mortar and pestle add the mastic, mahlab, cardamom, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, and crush the ingredients well until they are dissolved.
  • In the mixer’s bowl with the sourdough add the remaining flour, the orange zest, and the spices.
  • In a bowl add the orange juice, seed oil, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and mix with a spoon until the sugar melts.
  • Add the ingredients of the bowl into the mixer’s bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and beat with the hook attachment at medium speed for 8-10 minutes until there is an elastic dough.
  • Add the dough into a floured bowl, dust it with a little flour, cover with plastic wrap, and set it aside for about 1 hour until it doubles in volume.
  • Divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape each piece into a 40-50 cm strip. Bring the edges together and make sure that they stick well.
  • Shape into a braid by placing the fourth strip over the second, the first over the third, and the second over the third. (4-2, 1-3, 2-3). Follow the same process until there is one large braid.
  • Place it into a baking pan lined with parchment paper, cover with a towel, and let it rise for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ο C (350ο F) set to fan.
  • In a cup, dilute the honey with the water and spread it over the whole surface of the sweet bread with a pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle with the almond slivers and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove and serve.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
16 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
16 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
12 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
18 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
11 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
12 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
10 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
1 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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